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Panetta, Defense Industry Meet as Huge Cost Cuts Loom

Chicago Tribune - January 20, 2012, By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 40 U.S. aerospace and defense industry executives met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Washington on Friday amid signs that huge planned cuts in military spending are already squeezing industry profits and prompting layoffs.

Panetta Ends Probation of Marines’ F-35 Warplane

The New York Times - January 20, 2012, By THOM SHANKER

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited a flight testing center along the shores of Chesapeake Bay on Friday to give a lift to the beleaguered F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announcing that he was taking the Marine Corps version of the costly warplane off probation.

Remarks by Secretary of Defense Panetta at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Texas

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) - January 12, 2012

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thanks, Silver (sp), for that great, warm introduction. I really appreciate it. And I really appreciate the invitation to be able to come down to Fort Bliss and to be here this evening. I really feel honored in a number of ways.

DOD Releases Defense Strategic Guidance

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) - January 5, 2012

President Barack H. Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey released an unclassified version of the defense strategic guidance today at a Pentagon press conference.

Boeing Shuttering Wichita Plant

DoD Buzz - January 4, 2012, By John Reed

In what may be a harbinger of the immediate future for the aerospace industry, Boeing just announced that it’s closing its Wichita, Kan., facility, home to its B-52 and KC-767 military programs, next year.

Redeployments, BRAC Lead to Crowded Posts

Army Times - December 18, 2011, By Michelle Tan and John Ryan - Staff writers

As the withdrawal from Iraq comes to a close and surge troops deployed to Afghanistan begin coming home, installations across the Army are bracing for the return of thousands of soldiers.

Military Growth Task Force to Shut Down in 2013

JDNews.com - December 17, 2011, By HOPE HODGE, DAILY NEWS STAFF

This month, the Military Growth Task Force in Swansboro announced it would be shuttering in early 2013, though organization leaders say the timing only happens to coincide with Marine Corps plans to draw down local forces by 7,000 troops.

Military Presence Remains in North Suffolk

Suffolk News-Herald - December 17, 2011, By Emily Collins

When the disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command was announced in the summer of 2010, it seemed like it could be the end of the military’s presence in North Suffolk.

Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for 46 Innovative Transportation Projects Through Third Round of Popular TIGER Program

Job-Creating Grants Announced Months Ahead of Schedule as Part of the Obama Administration’s “We Can’t Wait” Initiative

U.S. Department of Transportation - December 15, 2011, Contact: Justin Nisly, Tel.: 202-366-4570

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s popular TIGER program. The announcement comes months ahead of schedule, and will allow communities to move forward with critical, job-creating infrastructure projects including road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; freight, port and rail expansions; and new options for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Army Official Visiting Redstone Arsenal to See How It's Handling Growth and Resources

al.com - December 14, 2011, By Kenneth Kesner, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment is visiting Redstone Arsenal for the next couple of days to see how the more than 38,000-acre installation is handling its recent boom in buildings and population.